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Cowboys release Tony Romo

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By all accounts, Tony Romo is moving from the football field to the CBS broadcast booth to take over as Jim Nantz’ partner on the network’s top announcing team.

If he does decide to reverse course and attempt to resume his playing career, he won’t be bound to the Cowboys. According to multiple reports, the Cowboys have released Romo on Tuesday afternoon.

Romo is being designated as a post-June 1 cut, which means that the team will be able to spread his cap hit out over this year and next. That will give them back $14 million in cap space and $10.7 million in dead money once the calendar reaches June as opposed to the $19 million-plus in dead money they’d have on hand without the designation.

That ends the breakup dance between the Cowboys and Romo that began when Dak Prescott showed his ability as an NFL starter in the wake of Romo’s back injury last season. With a CBS press conference set for later on Tuesday afternoon, it likely ends Romo’s time as an NFL player as well.

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59 Responses to “Cowboys release Tony Romo”
  1. bmorepositive123 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:02 PM

    Next headline: Broncos sign Romo, Trade Elway to CBS

  2. ryder09 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:04 PM

    Cowboy fans all over the world thank Romo for his 2 playoff wins in 10 years…While in New England, we thank Brady for 5 championships. #nobodyhasitbetterthanus

  3. mrkbuilders says: Apr 4, 2017 2:04 PM

    They should have released him in February….

  4. td30 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:05 PM

    would be pretty funny if he used the “broadcasting job” to get a release in order to get signed since Jerry was obviously playing games with him

  5. primetime2123 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:06 PM

    next headline will be “Romo changes his mind about retirement..will agree to play with Texans”

  6. oreo51 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:07 PM

    Houston is now officially screwed. They have no QB and may not find one in the draft. I guess they could always offer Cleveland a couple picks for Brock Osweiller.

  7. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 4, 2017 2:07 PM

    This has to be the saddest day in Dallas since Jimmy Johnson left.

  8. arzcardinals says: Apr 4, 2017 2:08 PM

    I hope he changes his mind…he’s a good qb. As a Cardinals season ticket holder I enjoyed watching Tony play.

  9. averagejoe5050 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:09 PM

    Now sign with the Redskins and beat Dallas twice a year

  10. trollaikman8 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:09 PM

    I predict at some point in the season Dak Prescott will go down with injury…..and guess who come back to save the day?

  11. piratefreedom says: Apr 4, 2017 2:11 PM

    ryder09 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:04 PM

    Cowboy fans all over the world thank Romo for his 2 playoff wins in 10 years…While in New England, we thank Brady for 5 championships. #nobodyhasitbetterthanus
    ————————————

    stop embarrassing us
    you want to behave like that you only deserve to cheer for the jets

  12. vikes89allday says: Apr 4, 2017 2:12 PM

    Hes washed up anyhow

  13. softhelmet says: Apr 4, 2017 2:13 PM

    It will be pretty funny if Romo gets to do Cowboy games. I can see it now:

    Nantz: “Dak is doing a great job leading this team with the best QB play they’ve had in a generation, they have to be SB favorites! Tony, you agree right?”

    Romo: “Yeah sure, whatever…”

  14. upperdecker19 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:19 PM

    He’s bummed out to be out of Jerrah’s master plan to get more gloryhole!

  15. ricko1112 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:19 PM

    An entire career defined by a muffed snap.

  16. jackedupboonie says: Apr 4, 2017 2:21 PM

    arzcardinals says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:08 PM
    I hope he changes his mind…he’s a good qb. As a Cardinals season ticket holder I enjoyed watching Tony play.
    ………………….
    I think you are in shock this grey haired QB didn’t end up on your team’s roster.

  17. jgedgar70 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:22 PM

    Wonder why no one seems to believe he’s really hanging it up. We have guys who have played for 1-2 years retiring to save their skulls. Why is it hard to believe this guy wants to quit after the way he’s been beaten half to death the last 3 years?

    Even if he really wants to keep playing, he should never do it for Dallas, not the way Mr. Glory Hole has been treating him the last 2 months.

  18. firecracker87 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:23 PM

    What the Cowgirls will become painfully aware of this season is that Dak will be “figured out” by the other teams. Don’t expect him to look like the same QB (not for the good either). Jerrah will be trying to lure Tony out from retirement.

  19. billymutt says: Apr 4, 2017 2:25 PM

    ryder09 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:04 PM

    Cowboy fans all over the world thank Romo for his 2 playoff wins in 10 years…While in New England, we thank Brady for 5 championships. #nobodyhasitbetterthanus
    —-

    While factually correct, your post perfectly illustrates why a lot of people dislike Patriots fans. Uncalled for and in poor taste.

    From a Pats fan.

  20. stipez says: Apr 4, 2017 2:25 PM

    He gets to explain how defenses caught up to Prescott and why he’s flopping.

  21. co99622 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:27 PM

    ryder09 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:04 PM
    Cowboy fans all over the world thank Romo for his 2 playoff wins in 10 years…While in New England, we thank Brady for 5 championships. #nobodyhasitbetterthanus
    ————————-

    I mean really he only has two in 10 year but what evs….

  22. tonyzendejas says: Apr 4, 2017 2:30 PM

    Rest in peeeeace, Pheeeeel Seeeeeeeeeeeems

  23. tbone4444 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:31 PM

    NE has no championships, they are all *

  24. Sal Tynuts says: Apr 4, 2017 2:32 PM

    trollaikman8 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:09 PM
    I predict at some point in the season Dak Prescott will go down with injury…..and guess who come back to save the day?
    ————————————————————–
    Is that Jason Garrett coming on to the field in a uniform?

  25. Getoffmylawn! says: Apr 4, 2017 2:34 PM

    Who knew releasing a QB was so complicated?

  26. jamaltimore says: Apr 4, 2017 2:34 PM

    GO AWAY TONY CHOCKING ROMO. why does anyone want the whiner romo on the TV.

  27. pewitttyler says: Apr 4, 2017 2:35 PM

    One good first year does not always equate to future success.

  28. bkostela says: Apr 4, 2017 2:35 PM

    For $19 million the Cowboys could have signed AJ Bouye and Tony Jefferson. Instead they get to pay a broadcaster.

  29. boltson says: Apr 4, 2017 2:35 PM

    Brace for major Dak regression

  30. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 4, 2017 2:36 PM

    trollaikman8 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:09 PM
    I predict at some point in the season Dak Prescott will go down with injury…..and guess who come back to save the day?

    Clint Longley?

  31. jonathankrobinson424 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:37 PM

    Romo is a heady guy….IF the broadcasting gig is legit he takes it and starts the new chapter in his life. His body is pretty beat-up …why subject it to any further abuse to play for a unknow team?

  32. gogreenbiotch says: Apr 4, 2017 2:39 PM

    The girls better hope Prescott is the answer. He was pretty good last year, but he’s not the most accurate guy and teams have tons of tape on him.

  33. jerryyouradisgrace says: Apr 4, 2017 2:40 PM

    RandyinRoxbury says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:07 PM
    This has to be the saddest day in Dallas since Jimmy Johnson left.

    Agreed…All Cowboy flags are at half mast today as a true cowboy legend retires/is forsed out

  34. chieftaindawg says: Apr 4, 2017 2:41 PM

    This is the way to do it. No hard feelings for anybody. Clash

  35. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Apr 4, 2017 2:42 PM

    rooting for a swerve from romo. he can get a tv job once he beats jerry’s boys for a couple years.

  36. PFTCommentSectionIsFullOfBigotry says: Apr 4, 2017 2:51 PM

    I say Oakland sign him trade Derek Carr to the browns for two 1s this year, next year 1 & 2019 first round pick!!!

  37. dallasdominates says: Apr 4, 2017 2:55 PM

    Jerry Wins again. This Romo saga has been ongoing for all off season, whether they release him, whether they trade him, which team he’s going to, etc. etc. etc…

    They day after the college basketball championship, where that is probably the most leading topic on all shows and websites, they decide TODAY to release him. Now what is leading the headline today, tomorrow, and the next day!

    Say what you want about him as G.M. but his business, marketing, and branding is second to none. Cowboys lead the headlines again.

  38. nycdf says: Apr 4, 2017 2:58 PM

    Ray Rice is gonna have to speak to Romo’s wife about this situation.

  39. bullcharger says: Apr 4, 2017 2:59 PM

    tbone4444 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:31 PM
    NE has no championships, they are all *

    —————-

    Uh… no.

  40. smw6230 says: Apr 4, 2017 2:59 PM

    thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:42 PM

    rooting for a swerve from romo. he can get a tv job once he beats jerry’s boys for a couple years.

    ————

    Yeah, after all those 1st team (NFL) lead color jobs open up all the time.

    Trivia question, besides Madden can anyone tell me the name of a network lead color guy who walked away voluntarily?

    Hint – It never happens.

  41. bullcharger says: Apr 4, 2017 3:02 PM

    Romo’s problem was staying on the field. His collar bone would have gone down again. Not worth it. Also, if he ended up having a horrendous year I don’t think CBS would have come calling. That’s a big risk for his future for one or two more years of playing.

  42. steelcurtainn says: Apr 4, 2017 3:05 PM

    Romo Never won a ring. Now its time for Prescott to regress and things should be back to normal in dallas.

  43. MichaelEdits says: Apr 4, 2017 3:05 PM

    Hey, Tony. John Elway’s on line one. Bill O’Brien’s on line two.

  44. tomtravis76 says: Apr 4, 2017 3:07 PM

    Outside of Dallas he seems destined to be remembered as the guy who lost his job to Dak Prescot. Potentially a modern day Wall Pipp.

  45. steelcurtainn says: Apr 4, 2017 3:07 PM

    owboy fans all over the world thank Romo for his 2 playoff wins in 10 years…While in New England, we thank Brady for 5 championships. #nobodyhasitbetterthanus—-_____________________________________
    Actually the Steelers do, they have more sb rings then N.E.

  46. blessedunliketherest says: Apr 4, 2017 3:10 PM

    NE has no championships, they are all *
    __________________________________________

    That’s interesting. I was watching the highlights from Red Sox opening day yesterday and members of the Patriots trotted out with 5 Lombardi trophies. Were my eyes deceiving me?

  47. aj66shanghai says: Apr 4, 2017 3:11 PM

    It happens…Tony did the same thing to Bledsoe. Now it is Dak’s turn. He could get paid another 30-40 mil hanging on in the NFL for 2 years, or go into broadcasting and make that over the next 10-15 years but without getting his back broken. Seems like he is probably making the wise choice.

  48. ra1821 says: Apr 4, 2017 3:13 PM

    Romo, Has never been more than a Backup QB. Jones just fell in Love with him and made a bad deal overall.

  49. 2dat says: Apr 4, 2017 3:17 PM

    WONDERFUL….. We FINALLY get Phil Simms off the CBS Game Day broadcast BUT now we get another Cowboy Loving, Blabbering Fool, like Aikman. SMH

  50. nygnjd says: Apr 4, 2017 3:20 PM

    Romo had skills, but Dallas squandered his talents with mediocrity.

  51. ra1821 says: Apr 4, 2017 3:24 PM

    To all those Cowboys fans….Here is a Steelers’ Terrible Towel to wipe all those tears.

    You should have kept Jimmy Johnson and traded Jerry Jones. With Johnson as head coach you could have run off 4 of 5 Super Bowls with the team he built. Hey look that puppet and stooge Berry Switzer ever won a Super Bowl with Johnson’s Team.

  52. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 4, 2017 3:41 PM

    Good luck Tony

  53. wib22 says: Apr 4, 2017 3:45 PM

    Actually the Steelers do, they have more sb rings then N.E.

    2 3

    ****

    STEALERS

  54. 52crabcakes says: Apr 4, 2017 3:53 PM

    Tony Romo releases Cowboys, fixed that for ya!

  55. phinsfankent says: Apr 4, 2017 3:59 PM

    Of course, somehow…some way…somewhere over the rainbow, Patriot fans come out of their shell to make this about them.

    Congratulations on a great career, Tony Romo. Back injuries are nothing to joke about. Better to walk away from the game instead of being pushed away in a wheelchair.

  56. A happy green parrot says: Apr 4, 2017 4:08 PM

    ryder09 says:
    Apr 4, 2017 2:04 PM
    Cowboy fans all over the world thank Romo for his 2 playoff wins in 10 years…While in New England, we thank Brady for 5 championships. #nobodyhasitbetterthanus

    ———————-

    I think we should have stayed out of this one dude. – An embarassed Pats fan.

  57. laserw says: Apr 4, 2017 4:48 PM

    I hate the Cowpies but wish Tony the best with the rest of his life.

    The Cowpies will learn that now they have NO QB on the team that is a long term winner – that fraud known as the Danish ham (DAK) will find that the NFL is not kind to clowns who are running backs who think they can throw – and not being able to handle a pass rush will ensure that is all he sees.

    DAK will be gone in three years or less.

  58. kmartin173 says: Apr 4, 2017 5:42 PM

    Did somebody just call a perennial choker with 2 career playoff wins a “legend”? I guess that makes Tom Brady God.

  59. omeimontis says: Apr 4, 2017 5:54 PM

    Looks like the Cowpies blinked first in the game of chicken they played with other NFL teams. Denver and Houston will likely try to sign Romo as a free agent. They don’t have to pay him his full salary for 2017 under the old contract and they don’t have to give the Cowpies anything.

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